“The appointment of Cabinet members and allocation of portfolios are, of course, the prerogative of the president. Agri SA will, as in the past, attempt to co-operate as best it can with these appointees,” said Möller.
He said the demands made on the agriculture sector, directly or indirectly, were not only diverse, but also extensive. These included land reform, job creation, rural development, food security and support to new entrants, and the implementation of the National Development Plan, which in the past had not necessarily been aligned in terms of policy approach.
“We hope that the president will give in-depth attention to using the best available expertise for agriculture as well as related spheres. Policy certainty and appropriate support are critical in promoting investment. Without this, other economic objectives will not come to fruition,” said Möller.